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Title: Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Author: sholio
Recipient: argosy
Pairing: McKay/Keller
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 33,000 *koff*
Warning: Contains some relatively mild horror-movie-esque imagery and creepiness
Spoilers: Set post-Enemy at the Gate, potential spoilers for all aired episodes.
Disclaimer: Not mine, do not own.
Author's Notes: Thank you to astridv for the excellent (and fast!) beta.

Summary: John is dealing with his teammates' love lives just like any other emotional issue: by ignoring the situation and hoping it goes away. But when a mission gone wrong traps John, Rodney and Jennifer a thousand feet beneath New Lantea's ocean -- injured and out of touch with Atlantis, with the clock running down and a mysterious enemy in pursuit -- they're either going to have to work out their differences ... or die trying.

( Devil and the Deep Blue Sea )


Dec. 14th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think this is a rare gem that I hope others will read and really appreciate. I thought this was a realistic, plausible, and mature look of what happens when members of a team, who have depended on each other for so much, start to have lives outside that of their unit’s relationship. This is more an exploration of John and Rodney’s relationship than of Rodney and Jennifer’s yet, I felt immersed in the troubles and confusion that comes when families units grow and change.

I loved this look at John and his lack of people skills and inexperience in knowing how to deal with this type of change. I thought it adorable, yet sad when he had no idea how to interact with his best friend when it felt to him that he was losing his family. This story stuck a chord with me as I feel after EATG that John was the only one left alone and made me wonder how he’d react as the rest of his team got domesticated .

Everything spot on, from the miscommunications to the wonderful conversation between John and Jennifer toward the end. I love the ‘understatement of the century’ when it came to John’s confession. Add in the wonderful action, banter, tension and h./c..this hit all my buttons. A plotty action adv fic, underscoring a wonderful exploration of John and his extended family. I plan on reccing this on my LJ.

Thank you so much for this treat!
Dec. 17th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
And thank you for reccing it hon cos it led me to read one of the best SGA fics I have read in some time. :)
Jan. 25th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Well, I already thanked you for the rec way back in the mists of time, so now let me thank you for the long comment. :)

This is a story I've been wanting to tell for a while. I enjoy writing straightforward adventure gen, but I also enjoy writing stories about complicated human relationships, including the complex interplay between friends and lovers and families. Some of my first stories in other fandoms were that sort; I think SGA is the only fandom where I've been more or less exclusively a gen writer ... okay, not entirely, but *much* more than in other fandoms -- the difference, though, is that most of my previous fandoms had canon sexual relationships to work with, and I always enjoyed weaving adventure plots in and out of the characters' personal lives.

So the idea of exploring this aspect of the characters' lives was very interesting to me! I was worried, however, that the story wouldn't be able to find an audience, since it's a kind of unusual thing for SGA fandom -- and I think your rec helped a lot with that. :)

Thanks again for taking a chance on this!


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